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morning. know. the police have been involved in dragging disabled people out of wheelchairs on the public highway as assaulting people and of standing by and watching private security companies employed by the fracking countries come out of their sight on to the public highway and. punching people in the face putting people in to sleep or hold positions all kinds of assault so it happened. well lauren forces and ambulance staff say however that the activists are feigning injury for the cameras and making false claims over police brutality here's why those activists see reason to fight against fracking it's a method of gas extraction where a high pressure mixture of water and chemicals is pumped into rock to release gas
is considered by many environmental groups to be dangerous as the chemicals used in the process could contaminate both the soil and groundwater there have also been claims of fracking induced earthquakes and tremors well those fighting for the extraction method to be banned are categorized as domestic extremists that's how they're included in the framework of the british counterterrorism program known as prevent and protesters are being monitored by anti terror agencies one case that caused outrage involved three police officers dragging a disabled and elderly protester across the road she was taken by her shoulders and pulled along with her heels scraping across the ground and power he's a green party member and anti flashing campaign gave her account of the ordeals to r.t. earlier. i don't think they did consider me a threat i was simply a nuisance. they were wanting
a big lorry to enter the sites and i was in the way. obviously elderly person fairly frail now i wasn't a big difficulty of to them six policemen could've handled me extremely well three policemen i think it was handled me quite easily it was no difficulty to them so i couldn't have been a threat did anyone officially apologize to you following that incident oh no no there's never been any apology i've never had any official communication about it. american military forces in the african nation of djibouti are coming under attack from blinding chinese lasers the pentagon's latest statements also came with an urgent notice of extreme caution for its military in africa. this activity. threat to our air. we have formally to marsh.
and we've changed it's it's a serious matter and so we're taking a very serious and now chinese military observers say that the beams could be used simply to scare birds off of the airfield or to disrupt the activities of spider oh and they also point out that china is a signatory of the protocol on blinding laser weapons which outlaws the use of equipment that can cause permanent blindness this is china's only overseas military base located in the african country of djibouti just a few kilometers away from a very strategic u.s. military base now you can bet with two key military setups so close together the two geo political rivals are looking for any possible secret info they can get from each other they've even admitted as much we have taken we are taking significant steps on the counter-intelligence side so that we have all the defenses that we need there is no doubt about that that's general wald house or the top commander of
u.s. military forces in africa now the u.s. military is all over the continent engaging in anti terror operations flying drones propping up aligned governments but while the houser admits that china is doing something in africa that the usa is not doing very well investing look we'll never outspend the chinese on the communist and that's i guess the point i was trying to make china has been an effort on the african continent for quite some time but we as a combatant command have not dealt with it in terms of a strategic interest and we're in the we're taking baby steps in that regard africa as part of china's one belt one road initiative a twenty first century silk road of sorts enabling countries to trade with each other china has set up a t.v. project for rural africans they've built all kinds of railroad and sharing economic access to remote parts of the continent and among english speaking africans what country. do they want to study in the u.s. or the u.k. nope it's the people's republic of china yes the usa certainly has the upper hand
in africa when it comes to flying drones or deploying troops when it comes to something else winning the trust and friendship of the african people china is way far ahead. archie new york. a special day in the russian calendar is fast approaching as the country prepares to celebrate victory day on may ninth r.t. joined present day forces in russia for the rehearsals of the annual military parade to mark the end of world war two it was done of reports. lincecum tonight. even snowmobile with machine guns on the bomb would be a little odd but the goal of the. whole thing. what do you think makes you feel.
these people why this this minutes of a race is nothing like any of us before the summit in our area we don't want to cause thought and we are going to write one of them. just makes a book. seemingly simple maneuvers like this one still being told the simple blunder of dozens of vehicles and fulfill the role of being sick that's why most of those made me look old for these beasts to find them a new for. this a.b.c. is designed to absorb explosive damage from landmines and it will deflect even
obviously grounds now it's not the only vehicle to be making the first show at this year's parade so let me give you a chill. please on monday june will be shown to the public official in the world of those times and the parade there were initially being designed as a purely reconnaissance aircraft but now they can carry bombs to. and finally how about this jam and they says warmed the. square no this is not a plug over you only would love but rather this tank support unit it would also be the first on featured a parade on the red square so now this is of course is just a to me it taste of what to expect the actual parades to do to name the ninth of may hundred have a look yourself what he got a perfect. the u.s.
and pakistan are apparent apparently also on the same page of a deal to release a man who helped in the hunt for osama bin laden we've got more on that story after this short break. seemed wrong but all wrong just don't call. me. yet to shape out this day become educated and gain from it because betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground.
most people think just stand out in this business you need to be the first one on top of the story or the person with the loudest voice of the biggest race in truth to stand down the news business you just need as the right questions and demand the right answers. question. welcome back washington's relations with pakistan have taken a downturn after it was believed the u.s. had reached an agreement for the release of a doctor who helped the cia track of some of been landed however he remains in prison and islamabad say is no such deal exists r.t. samir khan can tell us more. the pakistani doctor who helped the cia track down and
kill the world's most wanted terrorist osama bin ladin is still in prison two years after this promise from donald trump do you think you can get the darker out yes i do i think i would get him out in two minutes i would tell them let him out and i'm sure they'd let him out in may two thousand and twelve shaquille afraid he was sentenced to thirty three years behind bars. jobs. in. two thousand and eleven for being money to the militants of that. and he was assisting in medical term that he was making some arrangements for their meeting in is a hospital i met him in two thousand in june and he said that i am innocent
and the charges they are totally illegal but last week his family were given a glimmer of hope there are reports that a possible deal to secure his release after he was apparently moved to a secure location because of threats to his life but according to the pakistani foreign ministry none of that's true i'm not aware of the new deal regarding dock to secure a pretty on behalf of the ministry of foreign affairs i can assure you that he's not being handed over to the u.s. it's an issue that u.s. officials often bring up but given the frosty relationship between washington and islamabad over counterterrorism and other disputes there's still no sign of a resolution for shaquille afridi we spoke to the editor of defense and foreign affairs magazine gregory copley who thinks that dr she kill a free day is a victim of the cia's misleading tactics. the cia itself rather than the us government is the one which is most embarrassment and various by the imprisonment
of dr afridi because literally dr afridi the victim of the of the reality that the cia absolutely misled the pakistan into services and diligence in the hunt for bin laden they told the i.s.i. one thing because they didn't trust the i.s.i. and then went about literally embarrassing i.s.i. by securing a different path to finding. some of bin laden as a result the pakistani government was quite justifiably offended by this lack of trust between our eyes and that the cia had done this without involving either side. speaking on world press freedom day the us state department spokeswoman highlighted journalists who had lost their lives while working but seemingly ignored palestinians covering the protests on the gaza border and it
raised a few questions we urge accountability for the murder of journalists in malta mexico russia and slovakia and the apparent assassination of a b.b.c. passionate reporter in afghanistan on monday would you also condemn the recent deaths of journalists passing a journalist in the gaza strip i don't have one i don't have all the details of an investigation but i will say you know we always are saddened look by the loss of life and that israel does have a right to defend itself. last month two palestinian journalists were killed by israeli defense forces while reporting on protests in gaza and both were reportedly short with live ammunition while wearing vests and helmets identifying them as members of the press the u.s. state department says the incidents in gaza should be investigated by israel however washington has taken a very different approach on the recent investigation into the alleged chemical attack in syria when the u.s. launched air strikes on the country before any official post taken place generalist
dave lindorff believes the u.s. is acting with double standards. the united states is really using doubletalk here the they know that the israelis targeted these journalists they were wearing press written across both sides front and back they were reporting on a peaceful protest and the shooting of unarmed citizens and the israelis didn't want the reports out so they killed the more of the reporters it was not self-defense of israel these killings palestinian journalists was deliberate and the u.s. won't condemn it it's a total double standard. the armed separatists a group from spain's basque region has said it has disbanded and ended all political activity the spanish prime minister though he says madrid won't rest on its laurels explaining it will continue to track down the former militants it's
begun its nationalist campaign back in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight pushing for the bass community country to go independent from spain over the decades the organization has killed over eight hundred twenty people including politicians and high profile businessmen and is viewed as a terrorist group by the e.u. however the leader of basques main separatist parties says the independent movement in the region will never end. we are still people who know neither peace nor freedom we will not stop looking for the month we reach them with our work and our daily activity while another spanish region well known for its strong separatist movement is catalonia following last october's independence referendum which madrid called illegal spain sacked the former catalan president and took control of the regional parliament the move led to mass protests across the region some of which turned to violence catalan capital in particular became
a flashpoint for clashes with police and barcelona's mare is well known for being a social activist to she became the first female at the city in two thousand and fifteen while representing the left wing catalan party one of her first decisions as a matter was to impose a curb on tourists and to cut her own salary by twenty seven percent a to callao is also a former ante of fiction activist and has been arrested several times during demonstrations in an interview to r.t. she told the former ecuadorian leader and artie's spanish show host rafael correia about her struggles in office. yeah. and i wanted nevertheless i would like to ask you a question how far can social movements go in democracies of citizens see social movement as a means of protecting rights or making proposals preventing abuses of power within the something's going to compensate for institutional witnesses as in the case of
the platform for people affected by mitigating that is in the works still that don't be deceived i think many citizens and members of social movements want to replace the government that's what they want to govern without democratic legitimacy this is also a problem for democracy democracy as a result we get politicians who don't take political responsibility and we can amend it get this example demonstrate that there whenever a wing party depends in some way on a financial governing body when there are revolving doors when there is a possibility of collusion explicit or implicit it's clear is that such a government isn't really that it can defend the interests of the majority of the population and therefore it's important that people like to get involved in that and i never planned for a career in politics and to be honest it happened because of my activism werman lots of us said we need to be in the governing bodies in order to return what belongs to us so it can be used for the common good so that the government reflecting the values of the majority will feel it but you know neal will be here with the headlines of the top of the hour.
q three. q thank you. thank you you thank . so we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy confrontation let it be an arms race based on often spearing dramatic developments only i'm going to resist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical time time to sit down and talk.
will heal won't he slessor prosecutor robert muller floats the idea of subpoenaing president trump what's the likelihood of that we're going to take a look at that on this edition. of politicking on larry king it's happened before once to president nixon and then to president bill clinton talking about a court order of the sitting chief executive to comply with a subpoena from investigators is going to happen again this time to donald trump for his testimony in the ongoing russian probe led by special counsel robert muller is it going to happen one of the legal and political consequences for the administration should the president since we're an interview with muller's team let's talk about that with bob driscoll the deputy assistant attorney general
appointed during the george w. bush administration currently practicing law he joins us from washington what's the process or lower the involved of the subpoena of trump. it's hard to say at this point because i think that the president is reluctant to sit down but by the santo can be reluctant to receive a subpoena because that if the special counsel issued a subpoena that would be challenged by the president's lawyers there are some open legal questions that would have to be resolved about the scope of executive privilege and other things and it would probably be i would say minimum a year to year and a half of litigation likely going all the way to the supreme court and so on the one hand he could put off the day of testimony by a long time he would also have this cloud continue to hang for another year and a half so i think that if he would probably prefer to negotiate some type of resolution where he doesn't need
a subpoena and can sit down his lawyers did that nixon and clinton do that well they both they both litigated and ended up going to the supreme court you know obviously different facts and different cases in the clinton case there was it was a civil. civil action that there was you know discussed about the paula jones case and some other things and so you know it's pretty clear that you know probably some testimony could be taken but it was always difficult as the scope of these kind of things and how far the executive privilege goes for example you know things that happened before trump was president are going to be less protected then things that happened while he was president and conversations that have with senior advisers while he was president there are certainly glaciers that we need you need to be sorted out what's your reaction to the leaking of the questions that lola plans to ask well i mean. i'm not a big fan of leaking and any context but having read the questions i mean i think
the questions are fairly broad and those questions are really just a skeletal outline each one of those questions is pretty open ended and would could probably have ten or twelve follow up questions to me if i read that outline of questions that looks like a day and a half of two or two days of questioning and if i were the president's lawyers i'd be trying to narrow down the subject matter a little bit but it looks like all the i mean which struck me is that did not seem to be topics in there that we hadn't heard about already there was you know a lot about the firing of comey about the flynn investigation and then some about what kind of contacts are war with russia so i think that those issues that we've seen appear to be the issues he's looking at but it would be a lengthy and pretty detailed interview what do you think of the plans of some republican lawmakers to try to impeach. rod rosenstein i disagree with that i don't understand i understand people are frustrated as they want this to move along i don't understand what anyone be it to the president or
republicans in congress thinks would be accomplished by removing rod rosenstein or anyone else from the department of justice or mueller himself for that matter because someone else will just be appointed and someone else will have to make those decisions and so it really i think that ends up dragging it out i don't think it's wise for teacher clee i also don't think there's a real legal basis to remove him now course the president doesn't need a legal basis to do it he can remove executive branch appointees kind of at his will but obviously be political consequences for doing so but i don't think would solve the problem people are trying to solve which is get the investigation over with since the president is so off the wall and everyone would agree that that would be a danger to have him sit down. with anyone for two to three hour interview. yeah i mean that i have read that that lawyers have a rate of alcoholism and substance abuse three times the average population and i
think clients like donald trump are one of the reasons why. because you know if he is the things that very things that make him successful his spontaneity his lack of caution they have been very successful making can give you heartburn in an interview sometimes he says things about thinking it through and i think that's that's difficult and the big fear is you know it's bad enough if your client did something and ends up prosecuted but we don't want as a client that really didn't violate the law to get himself hung up on a false statement by making some type of boast or some other statement during the interview which ends up not being true and ends up causing a lot of problems so i think there's a i mean clearly if this were a regular white collar case and he was a regular defendant i don't think any lawyer in the world would put trump. in with the special counsel. to have a voluntary interview i think that's clear but because he is presently united states there are other factors at play and i think those all have to balance which
makes it a more challenging decision here you are to the department of justice i thought he had to you assess sessions heise and rosenstein. i am a big fan of both of them i think jeff sessions as a rule of law type of attorney general i think he respects the institution greatly and i think the same deputy attorney general rosenstein i believe both of them are in a very tough position because they think the president. you know wants this over with and he doesn't understand you know he thinks this is my justice department why don't they do what i want and there are upholding institutional norms of some degree of insulation of just partment and trying to make decisions based on the law on the facts and i think that's very hard because the president feels like he's being unjustly accused like the media is running roughshod over him because of all these accusations and he wants somebody who just take care of it but the reality is
neither sessions nor rosenstein are his lawyer they're the lawyer for the united states and that puts them in kind of a difficult position i think that both handled it well i thought sessions would do a good job at it and i think he's in an awkward position he's taken a massive beating from the president but i think he's been doing a great job on the president's campaign promises aside from this issue i think he's managed as well as can be from the diskos always thanks for your time today thanks for having me turning now to our political panel let's continue the conversation jen kearns is a g.o.p. strategist former spokesperson for the california republican party she joins us from new york and atlanta democratic strategist robin by row former obama campaign regional field director and retired on the ranger robin we'll start with you legal consequences of trump agreeing to an interview with malala one of the political consequences. there are so many pitfalls to this larry it's the mind is staggering
to this you know i half expect for him on asli to on and answer some of these questions publicly i would almost i wouldn't put it past him to call into fox and friends and basically give give him some of these which really would would be. interesting because it could implicate him in some other things but you know i know that he's all about telling people himself so i wouldn't expect it but there are so many pitfalls to this it'll be interesting interesting to see how this plays out larry jen yeah my read is similar to robin's you know look this russia collusion investigations been going on for really about two years now and to date it has turned up nothing even rod rosenstein reportedly told trump as recently as a week ago that he was not the target of the investigation so you have to wonder and we republicans are wondering what exactly is miller trying to get to with
a sit down meeting with donald trump i think trump's lawyers are very right here to be very cautious in allowing the president to sit down for what legal experts today are saying is not a two to three hour interview but could be up to a twelve hour interview spanning the course of about two days i think that's very dangerous i think what should happen here i think rudy giuliani i've heard behind the scenes is negotiating some sort of back and forth written questioning that trump could then answer on paper and then he could tell the american people look i have satisfied that the special counsel's inquiry here by answering some forty questions and that should put the matter to rest so i agree i think i do like though larry i do like the strategy of upping the ante and bringing in the clinton impeachment lawyer you know donald trump is a smart businessman if nothing else he is taking out this insurance policy of having one of these that washington creatures who. knows the impeachment process
well and probably even more importantly knows congress very well to do some maneuvering there i think that's a very smart strategy and a great insurance policy that means. most analysts believe the democrats will take back the house maybe even the senate there is however a split in your party between the progressives that much might be called the mainstream democrats will that affect the elections it very well could look at what happened with bernie sanders and hillary clinton and we're still working to bridge that divide to be perfectly honest i'm still the political director here in the city of atlanta for the democratic party and we're still trying to heal some of those wounds so you know we've got some soul searching to do the where the party really needs to concentrate is on a coherent message larry in my opinion and we've spent so much time with the resistance but we've not offered enough about what the democratic party can.